Will there be a science-focused debate during the 2015 election campaign?

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by Pascal Lapointe and Josh Silberg Policy and politics subject editors In a Toronto Star opinion piece published on August 12, Katie Gibbs and Alana Westwood of Evidence for Democracy called for a national science debate between federal political leaders. Librarian John Dupuis echoed Evidence for Democracy’s sentiment in a recent blog post, and began […]

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Muzzled Open Access

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by Josh Silberg and Pascal Lapointe Policy and politics subject editors When federal scientists asked Ottawa to enshrine scientific integrity in their upcoming collective agreement, the mainstream media began to take notice (again). The muzzling of federal scientists has been discussed for years in several venues, including an investigative report by CBC’s The Fifth Estate […]

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Science journalism: the key to strong science literacy

by Pascal Lapointe, Policy & Politics editor Last month, Québecers learned that money talks when it comes to manipulating science information, whether you pay a public relations firm a high enough price, or if you buy advertising. At the same time, however, we’re cutting funding to science journalism. Perhaps these two should be reversed? TransCanada […]

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IPCC reports: between the street and the policy-makers

by Pascal Lapointe & Karine Morin Science Policy subject editors In September, the people’s climate march became New York City’s biggest political event in recent times. Why the need for a “people’s” march in the first place? Because of a feeling that something is wrong, not only in policy circles, but also in environmental circles […]

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What the Franklin expedition says about Canadian research priorities

By Pascal Lapointe and Karine Morin Policy and politics subject editors The discovery of one of the long-lost Franklin ships is surely big news, archaeologically speaking. But it is also highly political. Not simply because Franklin is used as a symbol of Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic, but also in the context of what has […]

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